D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

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D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

On Tuesday, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson released a list of local schools slated for closure due to low enrollment and under-performance.

On Tuesday, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson released a list of local schools slated for closure due to low enrollment and under-performance. Most observers agree that the school system needs to focus its resources on a smaller number of schools. But school closures often provoke outcry in affected communities. We talk with Chancellor Henderson about the process and concerns raised by parents and community leaders.

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Kaya Henderson

Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

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List Of DCPS Schools That Will Be Closed:

(1) Francis Stevens Education Campus
(2) Garrison ES
(3) MacFarland MS
(4) Sharpe Health School
(5) Mamie D Lee School
(6) CHOICE at Hamilton
(7) Marshall ES
(8) Spingarn HS
(9) Spingarn STAY
(10) Prospect Learning Campus
(11) Shaw at Garnet Patterson
(12) Davis ES
(13) Kenilworth ES
(14) Ron Brown MS
(15) Smothers ES
(16) Winston Education Campus
(17) Ferebee Hope ES
(18) Johnson MS
(19) Malcolm X ES
(20) MC Terrell-McGogney ES

Video: Inside The Studio

After the show, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson answered listener emails about accommodating students with disabilities, where to find school budgets and more. Henderson responded to a question about whether DCPS will reinvest savings to improve learning outcomes under the consolidation proposal. "That's exactly the point of the proposal," Henderson said. "We actually want to use the savings from subsidizing small schools to be able to create schools that have the budget to focus on teaching and learning."

Henderson discussed the effect that fewer public schools might have on enrollment in the city's charter schools. "My hope is that this is an opportunity for smart growth," she said. "There has been no strategic plan around where charters are situated, around complementing the traditional public school system. In fact, we've been set up to compete."

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